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Comment Dated Jan 3, 2006


Lying appears to have become such a universal a part of our culture--from news media; from public figures; from institutions that we were raised to respect and trust--that it's coming to be accepted as the norm. People who consider themselves "realists" and "pragmatists" see nothing wrong with it if it's "what you have to do to get the results." Some even seem to admire it as panache and a measure of one's ability to stay the course in the face of adversity. And then there are others who offer the confident, sage assurance that in time, "Truth will out." Well, that's as may be. But the consolation can run a little cold when recalling the words of the Victorian poet Coventry Patmore (1823-1896):
When all its work is done, the lie shall rot; The truth is great, and shall prevail, When none cares whether it prevail or not. The Unknown Eros, Book 1, Canto 12, Magna est Veritas